IPL: Jacques Kallis steps down as Kolkata Knight Riders head coach

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Kallis ended his nine-year stint with the franchise.

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), on Sunday (July 14), introduced that they’ve parted methods with their head coach Jacques Kallis in addition to another teaching employees. Together with Kallis, the Knight Riders have additionally determined to finish their affiliation with assistant coach Simon Katich. The choice has ended Kallis’ nine-year stint with the franchise as a participant and a coach. The previous South Africa all-rounder joined the group in 2011 as a participant.

Within the following season, he helped the Knight Riders win their first-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) title. The legendary all-rounder scored greater than 400 runs and picked up 15 wickets as KKR beat Chennai Tremendous Kings within the remaining. Two years later, he helped them win the title once more. In 2015, Kallis returned to the franchise as their batting advisor earlier than turning into their head coach in October after Trevor Bayliss resigned to take over as England head coach.

Venky Mysore, the CEO of the franchise, acknowledged Kallis’ contribution to the franchise and mentioned that he would all the time be an integral a part of the KKR household.

“Jacques Kallis has been an integral a part of the KKR household & will all the time stay so. We might be exploring methods of working with Jacques as we pursue our imaginative and prescient of creating the Knight Rider model as a worldwide model,” mentioned Venky Mysore as quoted by the franchise’s official web site.

Kallis additionally issued an announcement on his choice, saying that he needed to discover new alternatives. “After 9 implausible years with KKR since 2011, as a participant, mentor and Head Coach, it’s time to discover new alternatives. I wish to thank the House owners, Administration and fellow gamers for a lot of blissful recollections,” mentioned the previous Proteas star.

Jacques Kallis’ document as coach

Jacques Kallis coached the group for 4 years and couldn’t make them their third title. Nonetheless, his document as a coach was a good one. Within the first three seasons as coach, he helped the Knight Riders make it to the playoffs. Nonetheless, this 12 months the Knight Riders failed to take action and completed fifth within the desk. There have been additionally stories of some unrest among the many gamers this season which could have promoted the franchise to rejig the backroom employees.